You Can Now Call Ringo Starr 'Sir'–He Was Just Knighted by Prince William
Ringo Starr is following in the footsteps of musicians like Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Mick Jagger.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, knighted the legendary Beatles drummer on Tuesday in London, officially making him a VIB: very important Brit. His former Beatles bandmate McCartney received the honor in 1997, though McCartney, Starr, John Lennon, and George Harrison all technically became members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1964, according to People. Legend and Harrison died before being knighted.
So what does being honored as a knight really mean?
The English monarchy has several ways of praising those who have contributed to their culture. Back in December, Ed Sheeran received an MBE medal from Prince Charles for his work in music and charity. It all sounds very fancy and proper because it is.
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As explained on the royal family’s official Twitter page, the Beatle was finally knighted, making him Sir Ringo Starr, “for his services to music.”
The 77-year-old headed to Buckingham Palace for the event with his wife, Barbara Bach.
According to the BBC, Queen Elizabeth approves every honor bestowed by Buckingham Palace, and The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood at St. James’s Palace (which sounds like it’s straight out of Harry Potter) helps coordinate the event and determine whether the Queen or another royal will present the medal.
As People reports, Britain’s Cabinet Office releases a list of who will receive an honor before New Year’s Eve and in June, when Queen Elizabeth celebrates her birthday. Ringo Starr’s honor was announced in December 2017.
“It’s an honor and a pleasure to be considered and acknowledge for my music and charity work, both of which I love,” he said then. “Peace and love. Ringo.”